+++ nanoZen +++

nanoZen 001
155 x 360mm


nanoZen 002
235 x 285mm


nanoZen 003
270 x 220mm

nanoZen 004
150 x 100mm

nanoZen 005
270 x 160mm

nanoZen 006
350 x 140mm

nanoZen 007
150 x 100mm

nanoZen 008
150 x 100mm

nanoZen 009
250 x 170mm

nanoZen 010
270 x 400mm

nanoZen 011
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 012
150 x 100mm

nanoZen 013
90 x 110mm

nanoZen 014
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 015
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 016
60 x 70mm

now on view in Spain

nanoZen 017
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 018
70 x 70mm

nanoZen 019
70 x 70mm

nanoZen 020
70 x 70mm

nanoZen 021
110 x 80mm

nanoZen 022
110 x 80mm

nanoZen 023
80 x 110mm

nanoZen 024
90 x 90mm

nanoZen 025
90 x 90mm

nanoZen 026
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 027
80 x 110mm

nanoZen 028
60 x 70mm

nanoZen 029
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 030
60 x 70mm

nanoZen 031
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 032
200 x 100mm

now on view in Spain

nanoZen 033
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 034
80 x 110mm

nanoZen 035
100 x 100mm

nanoZen 036
200 x 100mm

nanoZen 037
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 038
60 x 70mm

nanoZen 039
80 x 110mm

nanoZen 040
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 041
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 042
110 x 80mm

nanoZen 043
200 x 100mm


nanoZen 044
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 045
70 x 60mm

nanoZen 046
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 047
100 x 150mm


nanoZen 048
110 x 90mm

nanoZen 049
70 x 70mm

nanoZen 050
110 x 80mm

nanoZen 051 Aurora
192 x192 mm

nanoZen 052
140 x 120mm

nanoZen 053
174 x 174mm

nanoZen 054
110 x 154mm

nanoZen 055
134 x 134mm

nanoZen 056
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 057
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 058
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 059
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 060
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 061
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 062
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 063
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 064
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 065
85 x 110mm

nanoZen 066
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 067
80 x 80mm


nanoZen 068
80 x 80mm


nanoZen 069
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 070
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 071
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 072
80 x 80mm


nanoZen 073
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 074
80 x 80mm
nanoZen 075
80 x 80mm

nanoZen 076
80 x 80mm



nanoZen 077
Elemental Dragons Tetralogy
"Air Dragon (Spirit of Gas)"
522 x 110mm

Collection of La Neige of Kyoto

nanoZen 078
Elemental Dragons Tetralogy
"Water Dragon (Spirit of Liquid)"
522 x 110mm

Collection of La Neige of Kyoto

nanoZen 079
Elemental Dragons Tetralogy
"Fire Dragon (Spirit of Plasma)"
522 x 110mm

Collection of La Neige of Kyoto

nanoZen 080
Elemental Dragons Tetralogy
"Earth Dragon (Spirit of Solid)"
522 x 110mm

Collection of La Neige of Kyoto

nanoZen 081
"The Doors of Perception"
315 x 510mm

nanoZen 082
315 x 80mm

nanoZen 083
280 x 135mm
nanoZen 084
228 x 135mm

nanoZen 085
210 x 280mm

Never-Before-Seen Drawings - eMico (Curator)

I had never seen drawing like this.

Well, I'm not sure that I might call them drawings, though the figures in the frames look like drawing works often seen.

nanoZen, the monochrome visual, I heard that they were drawn with ball point pens, mass produced ballpoint pens which are sold everywhere.
Then, drawing on soft, familiar drawing papers that not special papersfor artists.
JINMO told me that he made it with dotting very small dots.
Materials, drawing method for nanoZen is quite simple.
Every dot which is the origin of the name "nanoZen", it is fine as human hair and sometimes it's finer than hair.
I heard a lot about nanoZen though, it doesn't ring a bell anything at all.

Anyhow, I realized that it was an encounter with the unknown all above my head and found the answer such as the words on the beginning, it has passed as much as half a year since I first saw nanoZen.

However, I've been strongly attracted to nanoZen still, it's because of making process with automatism.
JINMO says that it would be close to tongues (Glossolalia).

On making process with automatism, he artist's intention should be eliminated as much as possible physically and mentally.
If it was drawing, the image that appears as a result thereof would be called automatic drawing.
Unlike normal drawings, automatic drawing would not aim to set some motives or to complete the drawing.
By doing so, open the artist himself to the realm of the unconscious, an attempt to look into another side of the world which is usually hidden under rational control, it is also the one of exemplary method in Surrealism.

Making process on automatism is the one of the most interested research subject for me since I found Andre Masson the practitioner of automatic drawing in surrealisme.

I had looked for clues for automatism the side of the action of the artist, that the capture from the physical relation in particular, While I interviewed numerous times with JINMO who has known as an eminent guitar player, I found that he also had a profound knowledge of the world of hand drawing, and his extremely delicate well honed physical sense for hand drawing, and that.I've been attracted to the world of nanoZen.

While I have researched his making process of his visual art "OpticArt" such as Bakuboku (Explosive Calligraphy), GaV and nanoZen which are opposed to his acoustic art "SonicArt" as he called, I found that he is the proficient calligrapher.
"Zanshin" (a state of awareness; of relaxed alertness) on every brush stroke, the attentiveness runs throughout his works, the skill to sublimate the temporal momentum to representation, the extremely keen senses of balance on visualization ability, and so on.
Although it had started for researching Automatism, I was so impressed to know that JINMO has extremely visual and physical senses not only as a guitarist but also as an excellent calligrapher. It is unexpected but biggest result in this research.
The co-starring of a musician and a calligrapher has already known among a lot of his fans, as his high performance that playing guitar and doing Bakuboku at the same time.

Although JINMO told me that he had started drawing nanoZen suddenly, I'm sure that the soil for nanoZen had been exist in him, and the seed which is blooming into nanoZen would been prepared in advance but unintentionally.

Therein I do rejoice.
In brief, the advent of JINMO as a visual artist is like a ray of light in the dark which has the possibility to decipher nanoZen as a transfiguration of pathways in quest of making process as same as automatism by the artist Masson. nanoZen might be a vibrant, living clue to decipher automatism in modern times.

By the way, the reason why I felt nanoZen as quite new thing that I haven't seen, I was wondering artists would never try to drawing with particles which can not be seen.
Artist draws drawings to see. And the smallest unit for the artists would be capturable light particles by their own eyes.

JINMO's nanoZen, it is the vestiges of long continuous engraving of uncapturable dots without microscope.
The making process also transient thing that update the limits of physical sense directly straight in the time axis.
At first glance, it can be considered as a form of drawing though, it doesn't have reality such as the elegance of the shadow fell by chance for daylight. nanoZen, it might be the attractive pictorial form sublimated with his singularity as a calligrapher.

It might be automatism in literal meaning. And it is so interesting and I'd like to consider more longer.

JINMO told me that he had most influenced by Akutagawa and Picasso, I inflate my imagination that his philosophy which is the root of his expression had been cultivate with his wide-ranging friendship among Taro Okamoto, Kazuo Ohno and more.
His avant-attaque being fed to the moment is every single tiny dot compose nanoZen, and the shadows made of automatism actions that arranging dots, I think it might be the vestiges.

It is a projection of the memory of JINMO, it would be also a projection of the world's memory as well.
I wonder that automatism is the door of perception to connect the practitioner and the world as Andre Masson thought so.
And we perceive the result as their works from the door with the hands of practitioners.

nanoZen works are the one of his expressions.

However, the basis of the uniqueness of JINMO's art is probably formed with everlasting affirmation to the whole of creation so innocently.
His expression is a manifestation of "Keep your mind clear, smile, free and easy. Never limit yourself” in consistency, and the releasing of his inexhaustible energy bring the new things that no one ever knows to this world, and it attract the audience, makes them excited and cheered up.

Then he split the border that is filled to the existing ones, he show us an encounter with the unknown in the best situation, always.

translated by Ageha Avant-attaque

Left picture is the micrograph of basic form of nanoZen which was drawn by JINMO in public at the office of Scalar Co. taken at February 15th 2011.
Black column at the bottom of the picture is 500 microns thick of automatic pencil lead for size comparison.
JINMO depicted 2 dots of approximately 30 microns at intervals of approximately 30 microns as large as each dot.
30 microns is approximately equal to the size of leukocytes in humans.
Besides, the smallest object for human eyes is approximately 50 microns, and the limits of resolution for recognition of two dots is approximately 100 microns.
That is, humans are usually unable to recognize the basic form of nanoZen or depict it.
taken by Scalar Co.

About nanoZen / JINMO

In the birth of "Calligraphy", the original implication was major paradigm shift finding not only the information on letters but also "abstract beauty" as a reflection of mental imagery (reflection of imagination) of calligraphers from the form of letters which was merely media for transmit information.

In Zen Buddhism, as a purely abstract phase which is void but reflects of mental imagery of calligrapher,"Ens?" was born . Calligraphes abandoned their framework as letters so far and it emitted purity of abstract beauty.
This was another major paradigm shift as calligraphes had abandoned the function of letters.

It is sequence to "abstract calligraphy" in nowadays, the letters had abandoned the diagrammatical form on their own, it is not two-dimensional "visual art" any longer.
It is "progressive art" which destroys own categorization and various identities, such as "temporary art" which records own velocity on the brush stroke, or "spatial art" which affects external element shown in framed works or hanging scrolls.

However, since the late 20th century, calligraphy ends up with fixed style for adaptation or copying of precursors. Calligraphy lost the intrinsic, anarchic energy to explode the tradition, to step forward from precedents. That's the reality of calligraphy.

"nanoZen" is a "phenomenon" it reflects mental imagery of calligrapher which is based on original calligraphy.

It is energy for further progress since abstract calligraphy.

It intends for the reality to live through digital age as being impossible to replicate with any digital photography or scanning. it rejects the replication in forte of the digital age..
It is "experience of outstanding uniqueness".
Yes, nanoZen asks inevitably "experience in actual encounter face to phase".

"Drawing nanoZen", it would be restricted because of very fine, microscopic brush stroke which is invisible without microscope.
However it would be free from the intention of calligrapher in “how it will be" as the relationship of each brush stroke which lead to completion of the work.
In auditory expression, it is analogous to"Glossolalia" which appears in the New Testament in ancient times, and also known as the Pentecostal Glossolalia in nowadays.

When you confront with nanoZen, face to phase, the depth of recognition would be changed every moment by the depth of your vision.
(*When you confront with nanoZen, face to phase, how deep you can recognize the details, it would be changed every moment by the depth of your vision.)
With various aspects, nanoZen begins to morph into your own "reflection of imagination".

taken by Scalar Co.

"I really love this artwork, I want to live with this all through my life."
Ms.Caroline Lee, honorary and former chairwoman of "Salon de Mai" known as Picasso and Chagall had submitted their works in their life time, said.
My work has awarded at 30th Salon de Finears Exhibition.
-Quote translated from JINMO's post on his Twitter account on September 25, 2010-

JINMO awarded Prix de Caroline Lee at 30th Salon de Finears Exhibition.
JINMO submitted his microscopic BAKUBOKU drawing to 30th Salon de Finears Exhibition and it has awarded "Prix de Caroline Lee", Caroline Lee Award.
We received a certificate of commendation as above.
The Judge, Ms. Caroline Lee is a sculptor, honorary and former chairwoman of "Salon de Mai". Salon de Mai is very famous art exhibition in Paris known as Picasso and Chagall had submitted their artworks in their life time.
She really appreciated JINMO's work, they had dine together and enjoyed talking through an interpreter for 3 hours at a cafe near the gallery, though it was their first meeting.
In this conversation, they determined to hold their collaborative exhibition with Caroline Lee and JINMO in Japan this year.